Our 2 Astrolabes, dated from the early 1600's were discovered near Channel-Port aux Basques. They are both in mint condition and in working order. A very rare and valuable find for Newfoundland and all of Canada.

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About our 2 Astrolabes
Explore our connection with age-old astronomical instruments used by navigators. Two astrolabes are featured in Channel-Port aux Basques, dating from the 1600's.

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Town of Channel-Port aux Basques
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Rose Blanche Lighthouse

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Codroy Valley International Wetlands

Scenic Drive #1

Drive 45 kms east from Channel-Port aux Basques along Route 470
Early mariners like Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Jacques Cartier and Captain John Mason explored the rugged southwest coast of Newfoundland more than 400 years ago. Many of the community names in the area are English versions of the original French or Basques names given by the first settlers. Rose Blanche is named for the white granite the community is built on. In French, rock is roche, and in English, roche has been changed to rose.

Rose Blanche is the western terminus for the coastal boat that services isolated communities along Newfoundland's South Coast (The Southwest Coast by Boat – Part I [internal link]). A small coastal boat (no automobile capacity) connects Rose Blanche with the isolated village of La Poile, about 90 minutes to the east.

Map of Codroy Valley & Southwest Coast areas

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Canada's Ferry Gateway
to Newfoundland
The gulf crossing between North Sydney and Channel-Port aux Basques is always a memorable lifetime experience. The ferries are among the largest ice breaking ferries in the world. They look like cruise ships and they can each take 1200 passengers and 350 cars. Book early to ensure availability.


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